From dmv.govI think there is a lot of confusion about what a CDL is and when it applies. In the case of any RAM 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, or 1 ton pickup the GVWR does not meet the threshold to require a CDL. The 10k pound rule people often quote applies to the trailer in the case that the pulling vehicle exceeds the GVWR requirement. It does not mean if you pull a trailer that weighs 10k pounds you need a CDL.
Any vehicle with a semi-trailer or trailer with two or more axles. This group also includes any combination of vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds, provided that the gross vehicle weight rating of the towed vehicle is in excess of 10,000 pounds
So yea, either way still doesnt help my question of hauling sh*t in the bed!!